Oregon update

Speak Schmeak

On our way to Hood River on Monday we stopped off at Multnomah Falls. Usually I would pose up on that bridge (you can see it toward the bottom of the photo, to the right of the falls), but this time we just stopped by for a quick look.

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My Challenge to Coach Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks

Matt Eventoff

By now, most of the country has witnessed the highlight from the first televised game, an Oregon loss. At the conclusion of the game, Oregon tailback LeGarrette Blount punches Boise State linebacker Byron Hout with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground. Not the way first year coach Chip Kelly wanted to start his season, or his coaching career at Oregon. So how did the Coach Kelly, Athletic Director Mike Bellotti and the University of Oregon handle it?

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"Trump: Oregon victims might have survived had they been armed," The Washington Post

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump forcefully defended the constitutional right to bear arms here [Franklin, TN] Saturday and argued that the nine people shot and killed this week in an Oregon community college might have survived had they, too, been armed."

Blogger Is Not Journalist, Oregon Federal Judge Rules

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

District Judge in Oregon Marco Hernandez decided that blogger Crystal L. A ruling that has wide implications for alternate media, U.S. Cox was not a journalist. 

"Pay It Forward" or "Pay It Yourself?"

Speaking Of...

Most recently, in Oregon the legislature rapidly passed a bill called Pay It Forward (HB 3472) that aims to “provide access for all Oregonians to a debt-free degree and protect funding for public higher education. While proponents in Oregon suggest that the $9 billion needed to start the program could be raised through state bonds, they require voter approval and of course also must be repaid. Take the University of Oregon, for example.

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Coming from behind to win

Speak Schmeak

Last week it was three guys from Oregon, who came from behind in the 800 meters to make the Olympic team, who got me cheering and my blood pumping. In first place: Nick Symmonds from Willamette University and the Oregon Track Club.

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Lowering State Bar Passage Score - The Consumer Issue

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Oregon State Supreme Court has lowered the state bar passage score. It had been 284. In the future, it will be 276.  No surprise, deans of OR-based law schoold had advocated the score be reduced to 266.

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The Man on the Train - Bad Take on Freedom

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The horror of two murders on the MAX train in Portland, Oregon might be the result of craziness. Or just being naïve about what "freedom" legally means in America. According to the media , the suspect in the murders said: "This is free America, I can do whatever I want."

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Daily Mail & Kroecker Family - Home Is Dangerous Place to Be

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Daily Mail reports on the quirky murder-suicide in the Kroecker family in rural Western Oregon. That kind of coverage is becoming its signature, just as conservative politics is that of the Drudge Report. The amazing thing is this: That there are so many suicides-murders to feature.

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Mushroom hunting and. where's the rain?

Speak Schmeak

Mushroom hunting is big up here in Oregon, and everyone seems to have some experience. We're listening to a piano player singing "Night and Day", drinking local pinot gris and eating a black bean burger with pomme frites in Oregon truffle butter.

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What Happens When the Win Anyway Guy Loses? Part I

Speak and Deliver

I've also competed in D9 (Eastern WA, NE Oregon, Northern Idaho), and D15 (Utah, Southern, Idaho, Eastern Nevada). And I knew it when I sat down, just like I knew it 10 years ago when I last went overtime, at the Semi-Finals in Oregon.

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NATIONAL ENQUIRER - Does it again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Now the story they broke on Al Gore's alleged sexual gropings in Oregon seems to have prompted the police in that state to take another look at the charges the massage therapist made. A second homerun for the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.    There was the story it broke on John Edwards and his affair with Rielle Hunter. 

You Don’t Know Dick!

Manner of Speaking

It is the 4 August 2005 Keynote Address that Hardt gave at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon. Ahem … I am referring to Dick Clarence Hardt , founder and CEO of Sxip Identity and a big proponent of Identity 2.0.

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NATIONAL ENQUIRER - Fall 2009, Still Not Credible

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It was the NATIONAL ENQUIRER which broke the story on Al Gore's alleged inappropriate sex overtures with the massage therapist in Oregon.    Now the police in Oregon are reopening that case and the mainstream media there hadn't followed up the allegations, at least not at the time. In Fall 2009, the NATIONAL ENQUIRER posted the story on Tiger Woods's alleged mistress Rachel Uchitel.  

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Storytelling that grabs the heart as well as the head

Presentation Zen

Links • It's Not Just Mud • ishinomaki2.com NOTE : I grew up in Seaside Oregon , directly on the other side of the Pacific from Ishinomaki. In those days we thought tsunamis in Oregon could be only relatively small and originating far away, allowing several hours time to evacuate.

Some tips from a tip jar

Speak Schmeak

While on vacation in Oregon last week, we stopped off at Multnomah Falls (at 620 feet, it's the second highest year-round waterfall in the country).

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These Unusual Times - Living Off Grid

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Oregon he put together a kind of shelter for himself. "There are hot spots here and there." " That's how an acquaintance summed up his solution to the age-old situation of Civilization and Its Discontents. For access to the internet he walks toward a hot spot.

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You Don’t Know Dick

Manner of Speaking

It is the 4 August 2005 Keynote Address that Hardt gave at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon. I am referring to Dick Clarence Hardt , founder and CEO of Sxip Identity and a big proponent of Identity 2.0. Unless, of course, you actually do know Dick!). Dick Hardt. The presentation below (which, as you’ll see, was the inspiration for the title of this post) is an old one.

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Good people

Speak Schmeak

I finally was able to grab her - Katy - and look at her tags: address and phone number in Oregon. At this point, I called Animal Control, and right after that called the number in Oregon and left a message. In fact, the dog was visiting from Oregon and was due to return home that day.

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Diseases of the Soul - Medical tourism to Switzerland

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In Oregon and Washington it is legal only for physical ones. The latest in medical tourism is journeying to Switzerland to address diseases of the soul.    Available there are humane options for those who can't find solutions in the U.S.    In WIRED, Matthew Honan explains that in Switzerland is available a package of services for despair.    That starts with counseling, by a third party who has no investment in the outcome. 

Two News Stories Highlight Social Media's Growing Power

Communication Steroids

Not long ago, the Salem Statesman-Journal, an Oregon newspaper, told the story of a Medford, Oregon man attempting to escape the law. He fled the state, running from charges that he had sexually abused an Oregon girl for four years, beginning when she was just eleven. That power was recently underscored by another story; again from Oregon.

Famous Speech Friday: Tess Vigeland on quitting with no plan B

The Eloquent Woman

public radio's business show, Marketplace Money, gave the speech in 2013 at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. We've featured famous speeches by women who were fired, and some who've made amazing career changes.

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Happy Spring! and a wonderful interview with Guy Finley

Speaking Success International

I will be visiting his foundation’s retreat center in Merlin, Oregon soon and will report back! Happy Spring Everyone! Well, I spent most of March in snowy Massachusetts wearing two coats, scraping ice off my windshield and shoveling snow for my folks. Yet every day I could see flowers called snowdrops coming up through patches of ground. Snowdrops are a beautiful small white flower and they come up and bloom in the snow- even in the worst winter. I LOVE snowdrops.

Two cool, simple, presentations by XPLANE

Presentation Zen

And the XPLANE head quarters is located in one of America's most creative, most livable cities: Portland, Oregon. Do you know XPLANE? If you don't, you should.

Building the Best Possible "Pay It Forward" Model for Higher Ed Finance

Speaking Of...

The last week was swept away by Hurricane "Pay It Forward," a new bill advanced by progressives in Oregon. With that in mind, I strongly suspect that some version of Pay It Forward will be enacted not only in Oregon, but in other states as well, and potentially with federal support.

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Mel Gibson: Pope isn't only devout RC with big-brand problems

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He's a defendant in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit from Oregon in the U.S.  It's difficult to determine, who/what has the biggest branding problem: The Roman Catholic Church itself or its high-profile devout members the Pope and Mel Gibson. The Pope's legal problems are well known.    The Pope went to the U.S. Supreme Court to have it tossed and it was a no go.    Now, he's joined in big-brand problems but equally prominent RC Mel Gibson.  

In tabloids we trust - Gore story and more

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

   And now, reports  Keach Hagey in POLITICO.COM, it appears it indeed might have committed a sin of omission, just like the Portland, Oregon police. The PORTLAND TRIBUNE, a piece of the mainstream media, didn't dig into the allegations about sexual misconduct by Al Gore.   All this is making it clear that there are few institutions in America we can trust.    The mainstream media and the police frequently cave to the powers-that-be. 

InFocus: Great people, great projectors

Presentation Zen

But last summer I received a note from the DIrector of Marketing at InFocus asking if I would come in to see their technology and meet their staff in Portland, Oregon. With some of the InFocus team at their head offices in Portland, Oregon. "Do you need an in-focus for your meeting?"

top women speakers? Stacy Allison

The Eloquent Woman

Allison is president of a residential building company in Portland, Oregon, and more famously, a mountain climber and the first American woman to climb Everest, as well as peaks in Pakistan and Russia.

Happy, Healthy, & Educated: A TEDx Talk on Hackschooling

Presentation Zen

When I was a 4th grader at Central School in Seaside, Oregon I remember the day our teacher Mr. Doyle asked us to think about what we wanted to be when we grow up and to write our answer down on a piece of paper (you know, the kind of lined paper with chucks of wood still in it).

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she's speaky: my upcoming speeches

The Eloquent Woman

Thursday, April 30: I'll facilitate another in the Communicating Science series of workshops sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation , this time at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. A check of my calendar shows I'll be speaking in all sorts of places in the next month or two.

The commute communicator: Practicing speeches in your car

The Eloquent Woman

I had people commuting and practicing in cars from Maine to Oregon and many states in between. "I''m "I''m still practicing my speech on my way to the office! Okay, not every day, but many days.It''s hard to break habits."

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Famous Speech Friday: Sarah Winnemucca's San Francisco lectures

The Eloquent Woman

The last time the Malheur region of Oregon made the national news, it was the 19 th century, and it was yet another story of armed occupation and mistrust.

Those "Youth Magnet" Cities - Always short on [good] jobs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  One of them is Portland, Oregon.  Today, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL runs an  article about "youth magnet" cities that have few [good] jobs.    But is this news?    What might have been news is a story about a "youth magnet" city which had tons of [good] jobs. I was among the youth who found Ann Arbor, Michigan in the exciting end of the '60s.    A liberal college town, it was a magnet for educated young people. 

Talk About the Talk: Resa Lewiss, MD, at TEDMED

The Eloquent Woman

Two of my more amusing experiences: Day One of an ultrasound in medical education conference in Portland Oregon. (Editor''s note: Talk About the Talk is our new series in which I ask speakers I''ve worked with to share their perspective on giving big or important talks.

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Student Power Converges on Madison

Speaking Of...

Starting today, the National Student Power Convergence is occupying UW-Madison. My home department of Educational Policy Studies is a proud sponsor of this terrific event. It is FREE, open to the public, and the place to be for the next 5 days. UW Alum Maxwell Love , newly elected Vice-President of the United States Student Association, is a key organizer.

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"Ignited" by Pamela Slim

Presentation Zen

Below is another example of a good Ignite talk given in my favorite US city, Port land, Oregon by "type nerd" Bram Pitoyo. I'm a huge Pamela Slim fan. I've followed her blog for years, and although we've never met in person, I somehow feel like I know her.

Tears while speaking: Lessons from President Obama

The Eloquent Woman

So many speakers--men and women--have asked me how they can avoid crying during a speech on a difficult or emotional topic that I've lost count over the years. As someone who has caught glimpses of herself crying, I can relate.

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My media diet

Speak Schmeak

I've gotten hooked on It's Not Easy Being Green , about a family who are attempting to become self-sufficient and sustainable in an old farmhouse in Cornwall, and Little People, Big World , about a family of both little people and average-sized people living on a farm in Oregon.

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"John V. Doe v. Holy See" - No publicity stunt, rules U.S. Supreme Court

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That means that it will go to trial in an Oregon district court. In clergy sex abuse lawsuit "John V. Doe v. Holy See," the Vatican contended it was a publicity stunt and without merit since U.S. priests were not "employees" of the Vatican.    The U.S. Supreme Court did not agree with that argument.    It ruled for the suit, originally filed in 2002 by a Seattle man who claimed that Rev. Andrew Ronan molested him, to move forward.